The 2022 NBA Playoffs are in full swing, which is only making Los Angeles Lakers fans even more frustrated over the team's failure to even make the cut — or even the Play-In tournament. Just imagine how much more disappointed Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss is of the franchise that has a rich tradition of not just appearing in the playoffs, but winning NBA championships.
She's understandably upset, as clearly reflected by her recent interview with Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.
“I’m growing impatient just because we had the fourth-highest payroll in the league. … When you spend that kind of money on the luxury tax, you expect to go deep into the playoffs,” she told The Times. “So, yeah, it was gut-wrenching for me to go out on a limb like that and not get the results that we were looking for. … I’m not happy, I’m not satisfied.”
Prior to the 2021-22 NBA season, the Lakers were among the heavy favorites to win the NBA title, but team chemistry issues and injuries to key players have sabotaged their aspirations to bring another Larry O'Brien to La La Land.
With LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook eating a big chunk of the cap space, the Lakers clearly financially committed a lot to a dream championship that went up in flames before the regular season even ended.
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Now, Buss might be on the verge of pulling some shocking moves to ensure that the Lakers will not be repeating the debacle they just had.
“We don’t like to be missing the playoffs, I understand the fans anger and frustration,” she said. “I’ve got to make it better.”
Even if this means eventually making changes?
“Absolutely, if we are not living up to the Lakers standard, absolutely I will look at everything,” she said, later adding, “I will make the hard decisions, because that’s what you have to do.”